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Accepting That We Have All We Need Now

Each thing you value here is but a chain that binds you to the world, and it will serve no other end but this. For everything must serve the purpose you have given it, until you see a different purpose there. The only purpose worthy of your mind this world contains is that you pass it by, without delaying to perceive some hope where there is none. Be you deceived no more. The world you see holds nothing that you want.

Pause and be still a little while, and see how far you rise above the world, when you release your mind from chains and let it seek the level where it finds itself at home. [Your mind] will be grateful to be free a while. It knows where it belongs. But free its wings, and it will fly in sureness and in joy to join its holy purpose. Let [your mind] rest in its Creator, there to be restored to sanity, to freedom and to love. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 128, W-pI.128.2;6. See also ACIM Lesson 128 Insights.)

Everything we think we need or value in the world disrupts our natural state of peace. If we have something we value — a possession, a status, an opinion — we believe we need to protect it to keep it. If we believe we do not have something that we value, then we feel a need to strive to get the thing we lack. This constant need to strive and defend binds us to the thought system of the ego. Yet these things we think are valuable are just ego illusionary images, and therefore nothing.

As we let go of valuing these false images, our need to defend and strive diminishes. Instead of looking to the outer world to supply our needs and wants, we begin to recognize the peace and Love that is already given us. This is all we really want. And we already have it. There is no need to strive nor defend.

Our peace comes from within. As we let ourselves rise above the beliefs of the world and let our true Self shine through us, the shadowy images of the dream are recognized as valueless and fade away. The greatest gift we can give ourselves and the world is to accept the help of our true Self to rise above and reach to the Home our Creator has for us.

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